High Crime: Where women are targeted in Tulsa

Police cars and a crime scene -- it was the last thing Dee Jakubowski expected the night she went to check on her east Tulsa flower shop at 1 a.m.

"I got a call that my alarm was going off. So I got dressed and went back to the shop and it was a balloon (that) had gotten lose and was drifting," said Jakubowski.

She ran in without turning on the lights in the front and then went back to the store's office. Then she heard the door open -- a moment that would forever change her life.

"Just as I got to the door, he grabbed me," said Jakubowski.

After that, she said there was a struggle.

"'He was saying 'where's the money? Give me the money.' And I'm going, 'There isn't any money. It's gone for the night,' and in the process he assaulted me and left," said Jakubowski.

She didn't know her attacker and she's not alone. Thousands of women are victims of crime in Tulsa every year. Nine years ago as part of 2NEWS investigation, we took a look at 2003 crime data from Tulsa police.

We mapped out the areas of Tulsa that saw the highest number of violent crimes against women. The crimes included rape, murder, assault and robbery.


At that time, we found high crime areas to be in and around Swan Lake, downtown and the area at I-244 and Yale. We wanted to know if the numbers would be different all these years later.

So once again, we asked police for the data, this time mapping out crimes involving women in Tulsa for 2011.

We found the same areas again showing the highest number of crimes against women -- Swan Lake, downtown and I-244 and Yale.


"I don't know why those numbers would be like that. I'm trying to think of those places you describe. Are there a higher concentration of apartment complexes? Is it residential? It's really hard to say, to put my finger on why those areas would be more higher for females being victims," said Officer Leland Ashley with the Tulsa Police Department.

"That's proof that it happens to everyone or anyone," said Jakubowski.

It's also why Jakubowski and the police say it's important to always be aware of your surroundings.    

"Especially in the summer time more people are out, more chances of becoming a victim. Whether you're using the Rivertrail to run or walk, or you're just using your neighborhood to walk around your block," said  Ashley.

As for Jakubowski, her attacker was caught and ended up behind bars. Since that horrifying day, she's vowed to help other victims of crime. She's in a volunteer group for DVIS Call Rape where she can help victims go through the process of recovery.

 

Jakubowski's also been instrumental at the state Capitol getting three laws passed that help rape victims.

Despite what she went through that night in the flower shop 14 years ago, Jakubowski calls herself the luckiest woman.

"Everybody wants to leave the world better. I got to leave the world better and be alive to see it," said Jakubowski.
 

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